Summer 2022 support

On 30 September, the Department for Education and Ofqual published the outcomes of the consultation on proposed summer 2022 adaptations for GCSE and A level, including optionality and advance information, and we will follow the same approach for International GCSE. We have already confirmed that due to the modular nature of International AS and A Level qualifications there will be no adjustments to these papers in 2022.

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The consultation concluded that all of the proposals set out in the consultation document would be implemented.

Read more about the 2022 adaptations consultation outcome 

This is in addition to the outcomes of the 2022 NEA and field work consultation, which published on 16 June. These confirmed the carry forward of arrangements which were put in place in 2021 to take account of public health restrictions that could have had an impact on the way the assessments in certain qualifications could be conducted.

Read more about the NEA and field work consultation outcome

For International GCSE English as a Second Language, the following arrangements have been confirmed for summer 2022:


As detailed in the NEA and fieldwork consultation, optional Speaking tests are expected to resume in 2022 and where teachers plan to carry them out, they should assess Speaking in the normal way. If public health restrictions prevent this from happening, the speaking endorsement approach adopted in 2021 will be implemented again in 2022. Teachers are therefore asked to have regard for the speaking endorsement assessment criteria throughout the year. 


We will be supporting you and your students every step of the way with the 2022 summer arrangements.

You can find the support which we currently have available to aid teaching and learning below.